Occoquan Regional Park

Occoquan Regional Park

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This spacious park is scenically located on the Occoquan River diagonally across from the Town of Occoquan. It offers 400 acres of recreational space and a touch of the past with its historic brick kilns and the memory of imprisoned women suffragists.

Occoquan Regional Park is one of the few places in the region to serve as a trailhead for and site within multiple routes of regional and national significance: Park lands, trails and associated waters are part of the Fairfax Cross-County Trail; the diverse, braided network of the Potomac Heritage National Scenic Trail and related outdoor experiences; an historic journey commemorated by the Captain John Smith Chesapeake National Historic Trail; and the Occoquan Water Trail, recognized as both a National Recreation Trail and part of the Chesapeake Bay Gateways and Water Trails Network.

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Hours

January 1 - March 17:
Gate open daily 8:00 am until dusk (weather permitting).

March 18 - November 3:
Gate open daily dawn until dusk (weather permitting).

November 4 - December 31:
Gate open daily 8:00 AM until dusk daily (weather permitting).

Gate Closed (park is open to foot traffic on these dates by parking outside the gate): Christmas Eve Day (12/24), Christmas Day (12/25), New Years Day (1/01)

(Note: Many places fill to capacity on busy, nice weather days, especially holiday weekends. Please call ahead or visit the official website to get the most up-to-date information before visiting.)

Fees

Gazebos and kayaks can also be rented for a fee.

Boat Launch Fee:

  • Ramp, $8.00 jurisdiction, $9.00 non-jurisdiction
  • Ramp (Age 55 & Over, Monday - Friday), $4.00 jurisdiction, $5.00 non-jurisdiction
  • Shore (No Trailer - Carried Craft Only), $4.00 jurisdiction, $5.00 non-jurisdiction

Baseball & Softball Fields

  • Per Game, $35.00 jurisdiction, $45.00 non-jurisdiction
  • Per Season, Per Player (Teams must submit roster, Fee includes 5.5 hours per week), $13.00 jurisdiction, $21.00 non-jurisdiction
  • All teams must pay a one time use fee of $40.00 per season

Batting Cages

  • 14 Balls, $1.50
  • Team Rentals, Per Cage, Per 1/2 Hour, $18.00 jurisdiction, $22.00 non-jurisdiction
  • Team Rentals, Per Cage, Per Hour, $34.00 jurisdiction, $40.00 non-jurisdiction

History

In 1917, women suffragists were the first political group to protest in front of the White House. As a result, hundreds of women seeking the right to vote were imprisoned at both the D.C. Jail and the Occoquan Workhouse, part of the Lorton Prison complex. News reports of poor conditions and hunger strikes by the imprisoned suffragists were a turning point in the struggle for women's right to vote. These events led to the 19th Amendment, allowing women the right to vote. Turning Point Plaza at Occoquan Regional Park will feature interpretive displays of these events and their significance.

Activities

Occoquan Regional Park has baseball and softball diamond fields, soccer fields, batting cages, kayak rentals, boating, and a no wake zone for fishing (largemouth bass, carp, crappie, catfish, stiped bass, perch).

Riverboat tours are offered from April 6 to October 26 and cost $12 for adults and $6 for children ages 4 to 10.  The tours are held Saturdays from noon to 6:00 PM and Sundays from 3:00 to 8:00 PM.

The Northern Virginia Regional Park Authority (NVRPA) is pleased to offer a nature interpretation program. The mission of the NVRPA Roving Naturalist Program is to connect the citizens of northern Virginia with the natural world in our Northern Virginia Regional Parks.  Through guided nature walks, hikes, canoe and kayak tours, night explorations, stream and pond studies, and live animal programs, participants gain the opportunity to discover our native flora and fauna in a safe and fun environment.

The Roving Park Naturalist offers group guided kayak, standup paddle board (SUP) and canoe nature tours at three of our waterfront parks, Pohick Bay Regional Park, Fountainhead Regional Park and Occoquan Regional Park. Group rates are $20 per person for an organized adult group and $15 per person for an organized youth group. Participants must be 8 & up, anyone under the age of 14 must be  accompanied by an adult. SUP nature tours are available only at Pohick Bay Regional Park.

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Occoquan Regional Park has baseball and softball diamond fields, soccer fields, batting cages, and a no wake zone for fishing.

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